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It definitely seems like reviews have been average at best. We are going this weekend, and I'm looking forward to seeing it, but the reviews I've read seem to highlight some of my biggest fears about this movie and DC's "universe". Top of the list: no fun. Most of the reviews I've seen, while highlighting some high parts, but consistently mention that it isn't "fun". I'll admit that I've grown up a Marvel fan, but enjoy DC as well and want them to make good movies as well, but it just seems like they are so insistent on being "not Marvel" that they actively avoid good ideas.

To me, superhero movies -with few exceptions- should be fun and uplifting. It is escapism after all, and people shouldn't walk out of a Justice League movie feeling depressed. I've also seen it mentioned that when the Trinity does unite in BVS, it is sort of underwhelming because there isn't any history between the characters. Which is why Marvel built their way up to Avengers, Civil War, etc. I feel like DC doesn't want to wait that long so they are pushing it all into one movie. One other thing sort of unrelated to this that irritates me is their decision to not cross over their TV/movie properties. The Flash is probably my favorite show these days and so well done, and i would love to see that version of the character cross over to the movies (not to mention other characters like Arrow, Canary, Atom, etc.) Another example of having a "Marvel did it, so we won't" attitude.

That said, we have tickets for Saturday, and I am looking forward to seeing it. Hopefully my fears are unfounded and it's a great time.

Excited that we are getting more of these. Honestly, prior to getting the earlier waves, I started to think that having all 5 POA wasn't so bad. After seeing the Force Awakens characters, it reminded me of what Hasbro is capable of. I like the character choices, but agree that Leia could have been 5 POA. Happy to have the Han, but hope we get the regular version in this form soon too. Still wish they weren't WalMart exclusives, I wouldn't have this line if not for help from Pete_Fett.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: March 15, 2016, 02:32 PM »
So excited for this. The movie itself looks great, but Spidey joining the MCU is the cherry on top. Sort of enjoying having the one two punch of Star Wars at Christmas and Marvel in the summer every year.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Indiana Jones 5
« on: March 15, 2016, 02:30 PM »
I know some will be a little hesitant after the last movie, but count me in. The Indy movies have been second only to Star Wars my whole life, so I'm down for more. It will be interesting to see if Lucas will be involved. I remember at one time Spielberg saying he wouldn't do it without him, but maybe that has changed. Either way, exciting news. Also, hopefully more toys😊

Other Toy Lines / Re: Thundercats, Hoooo!!
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:33 PM »
I can't believe I didn't post about this sooner, but is anyone planning on collecting the new Thundercats line from Mattel? It looks pretty great, just like the MOTU Classics. I'd like to get a few, but have a feeling it will be pretty tough without a sub, and I can't really do that anymore. That said, it would be nice to get the main characters.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:30 PM »
Is anyone here picking up the new "Filmation" line of MOTU figures? I had hoped to get the He-Man at least, but missed it when it went on sale Monday. I kind of dig the figures, but can't really do the whole subscription thing anymore.

Other Collectibles / Re: Collecting 'To Do' Lists!
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:18 PM »
Updating post SDCC:

Star Wars

3 3/4" Basic Line
Jedi Master Luke Skywalker
Poe Dameron
Kylo Ren
General Hux

Luke Skywalker (Jedi Exile)
General Leia Organa
Rey (Island Journey)

6" Black Series
Grand Admiral Thrawn
Kylo Ren

Poe Dameron
Maz Kanata
Praetorian Guard
General Leia Organa
Finn in Disguise
Rose Tico

Grand Moff Tarkin
Rebel Fleet Trooper
Captain Rex
Rey Resistance

Dewback with Sandtrooper
Rey with Speeder
Luke Skywalker with Landspeeder

3 3/4" Black Series - WM Exclusive
Luke Skywalker Jedi Master
Rose Tico
Praetorian Guard
Executioner Stormtrooper

Vehicles and Beasts
Rathtar and Bala Tik
Wampa and Luke Skywalker
TIE Silencer
Canto Bight Police Speeder
Resistance Ski Speeder


Marvel Legends

Spider-Man - Lizard BAF
Spider Punk

Black Bolt

Marvel Legends Exclusives
Black Panther (Wal-Mart)
Invisible Woman (Walgreens)
Human Torch (Walgreens)
Mr. Fantastic (Walgreens)
Medusa (Walgreens)
A-Force Boxset (TRU)
Defenders Boxset (Amazon)
Hydra Soldier 2 Pack (TRU)

DC Collectibles Batman: TAS/TNBA
Roxy Rocket
Joker/Harley 2 Pack
Mad Hatter
Mask of the Phantasm 2 Pack
Killer Croc w/Baby Doll
Etrigan and Klarion
Ras Al Ghul
Talia Al Ghul
Harvey Bullock
Ventriloquist w/Scarface
Joker (TNBA)

The Bullpen / Re: 12" Jumbo Marvel Legends Figures
« on: February 17, 2016, 04:45 PM »
As someone who greatly admires, but could never afford, the Hot Toys figures, I'm interested in these. I realize it won't have that level of detail, etc., but if they are good for the price I could see picking some up. I would likely be in for the Spidey if nothing else.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: February 17, 2016, 04:42 PM »
The whole Legends naming thing is, like the Black Series, a little confusing. I guess I understand what they are going for in a way like "this is our collector stuff", but it does make it difficult to keep things separated, especially when they've been double dipping a lot of these figures lately across the lines. It always seemed like they would sort of phase the smaller scale out, but it just keeps going.

As far as finding stuff in stores, around here Legends hasn't been too bad really, but I rarely if ever see the smaller Legends (Universe) stuff in scores.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: February 17, 2016, 04:36 PM »
I thought the showing at Toy Fair this year was pretty great. Hasbro may have struggled a bit with Legends out of the gate, but they have really been hitting it out of the park lately with this line. The main problem is trying to keep up with all the waves. Looks like a few waves of Cap/Avengers figures, a couple waves of Spidey, plus X-Men and Dr. Strange. Not to mention the exclusive stuff.

The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 13, 2016, 11:19 PM »
Like others have said I really like what was shown, but also wish it would have been more - particularly with the basic line. This is as big as Star Wars has been in a long time, and in many ways it still seems like an afterthought. The main other line I follow is Marvel Legends, and look how much they revealed ( multiple waves of 6", 3 3/4", comic packs, and new things like 12", prop replicas, etc.).  With the way the attitudes have soured lately and negativity on the rise, why not do a make good here and just show a big chunk of stuff. We know you can't show Rogue One, but show us the rest. It would go a long ways I think.

Like Darby said in his post, I miss the good old discussions we would have here around TF or SDCC, they could last weeks or months. Now, with so little shown and the fan base so segmented, it's over by the weekend. That being said, what they did show looked very nice. I'm looking forward to Maz, and all the 6" stuff looks great too.

The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 9, 2016, 05:51 PM »
It's a little disappointing to see the "small presence" comments regarding their Toy Fair showing this weekend. I realize the line has changed a lot over the years, but I remember so looking forward to this time each year, and seeing at least a couple waves or something exciting/surprising come out of Toy Fair (and Comic Con). We haven't had that for awhile one, but I thought with the huge success of Force Awakens we would maybe get back to those type of times again. It would be interesting to go back and look at coverage from like 2005-2010 times and see what was revealed then in comparison.

Hopefully we will see more of these announced at Toy Fair (although do they deal with exclusives there?), but what would you like to see in this line in future waves? Looking that we may only get heavy hitters and army builders, and likely more TFA focused, what stands out to you the most?

Off the bat I'd go with Han Solo, Captain Phasma, and troop builders like the TIE Pilot, a Snowtrooper, or Flametrooper. I'd say Chewie as well, but we've gotten several beautiful Figures of him over the years and he looks fairly similar. That said, I'd buy a TFA version too. Beyond that, Luke would be cool, along with Maz and Leia.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: January 29, 2016, 02:22 PM »
For anyone on the lookout, I found some of the Cap Legends at our local TRU this morning. They had Cap, Whirlwind, Mockingbird, and Cottonmouth. If I hadn't just dropped $100 on Black Series, I might have picked them all up. I have them on preorder at Amazon for the most part, so just grabbed Mockinbird and Cap/Cap Wolf.

Went looking for the 3 3/4" exclusive wave at Wal-Mart this morning, and happened across Wave 5 (Han, Jango, FN-2187, Flametrooper) which was a nice surprise. Also found the Emperor's Wrath Vader at Walgreens, so pretty good morning.

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